About Andrew

Founder of Saturate, a distributed design team of highly skilled creatives working globally with international brands. Australian-born Andrew Maccoll has made a name for himself as a sought-after Creative Director and Photographer, having worked with some of the world's biggest brands and celebrities. Career highlights include working with iconic names such as Apple, IBM, Dior, and NBC.

An expert in brand strategy and culture changing creativity, his impressive skill set includes directing photography and film. Andrew earned a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts & Photography, majoring in Multimedia, before going on to study directing at the AFTRS.

Andrew spent much of his childhood immersed in darkrooms and edit suites. His father, an honoured Press Photographer, and his mother, a Documentary Producer, undoubtedly influenced his love for the visual arts.Andrew worked for News Ltd and its stable of news and magazines for over a decade. He has since worked with major celebrities and Australian brands in both fashion and advertising, working with Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, P!NK, and many others.

This talent has not gone unnoticed, with three of his portraits earning a place in the Australian National Portrait Gallery. He has also been honoured as one of the top ten photographers in his field by the prestigious Hasselblad Masters and has been recognized as one of Australia's top ten photographers in both fashion and advertising by Capture Magazine. Andrews recent projects include directing campaigns for Apple, Toms and ING. He has also ventured into audio production, having studied music up to an AMEB Grade 6 level.

When not in Sydney you can find him on a longboard surfing the points in Noosa. With a portfolio as impressive as his, it's clear that Andrew Maccoll is a force to be reckoned with in the world of creative design and photography. He is available for D.O.P & Campaign roles by way of his agent Helen Doick at IPM  in Sydney. Check out Andrew's LinkedIn for further details.

From the National Portrait Gallery

“One of the great pleasures of standing before a work in the portrait gallery is being able to lock eyes with another person, for as long as you like. You can’t do that in everyday life; nearly all of us shy away, like the animals we are, from the aggressive or sexual potency of eye-to-eye engagement. That’s why teenagers wear hoods or grow their hair, so they don’t catch anyone’s eye… My observation is that for men and women alike, it’s a visceral thrill to look at photographs such as your very ‘manly’ images of Mick Molloy and Mick Fanning and return the subjects’ unflinching gaze, frankly and unselfconsciously. It’s not any old photographer who can get that undiluted look out of a portrait subject; it’s a gift, or a skill, that you have, if you can elicit that look from them, and I think you’ve got that.“ 

- National Portrait Gallery Curator Sarah Engledow.

From Andrew

“I am deeply bound by a love of light… the way it falls, the way it colours everything, the way it is. Mostly I love how I can be a part of it’s journey by capturing it’s illuminated subject and creating an artistic expression that can be felt emotionally. We surround ourselves with light at night and are immersed in it giving thanks to the Sun every day.

To me it doesn’t just enable us to see beauty, it is the purest form of beauty. Through it I see all things, experience all things, and capture my life along with the lives of those in front of the lens. I am continuing to build a legacy begun long ago. A shared vision to leave a trace of our passage on this earth that is truly beautiful.”

Career Milestones

• 1999 Bachelors degree: Visual Arts in Photography
• 2000 Began working for News Corporation
• 2006 Launched Fashion & Advertising career
• 2008 Finalist for the Moran Prize
• 2008 Olive Cotton Award Finalist
• 2008 Top ten finalist for the QANTAS Spirit of Youth Awards
• 2009 Desktop Create Awards Finalist
• 2009 Pulp Magazine Fashion Photographer of The Year 
• 2009 Hasselblad Masters Top Ten Worldwide Finalist
• 2009 Signed to Contour by Getty for celebrity work worldwide
• 2010 Portrait of comedian Mick Molloy acquired by the National Portrait Gallery
• 2010 Announced as one of the top ten in Australia for fashion and advertising by Capture & Creative Magazines
• 2011 Portrait of surfer Mick Fanning acquired by the National Portrait Gallery
• 2013 Portrait of actor Eric Bana acquired and exhibited by the National Portrait Gallery
• 2013 Hasselblad Masters Top Ten Worldwide Finalist
• 2015 Shoots for NBC Universal
• 2016 Captures IBM Watson & Jason Grech Campaign
• 2017 Partners with Huawei & Leica for the Mate 9 Smartphone TVC
• 2018 International Color Awards - Best Fashion Photographer Nominee
• 2018 Shoots Stills & Directs a motion campaign for Apple
• 2018 Directs Global TVC for US brand Toms Shoes
• 2019 Establishes Saturate Design Studio in Noosa, Australia
• 2019 Completes studying Directing with the AFTRS
• 2020 Good Design Gold Accolade Winner
• 2021 Good Design Award Winner
• 2021 Australian Designer of the Year [PICAS]